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Governing Structure

Overview

The governance of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts is structured in the following manner:

Leadership and Management

The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts is a duly formed organization that

Controlled, Led, Managed
is wholly controlled, led and managed, executively, by its sole Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku.
Sole President, CEO, Chair
has the Founder serving as its sole President, CEO, and Chair.
Sole Executive Powers
has the Founder as the sole person with executive decision-making, fiduciary, managerial and voting powers, rights, and equivalent, especially those pertaining to The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts’s formation, governance, and overall administration.

Membership and Fiduciaries

The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts has

No Member, Owner
no entity, office, or person, legal or natural, as its member, owner, or equivalent.
No Interests-Holder
no entity, office, or person, legal or natural, as its sole interests-holder, shareholder, stockholder, or equivalent.
Founder, Fiduciaries
only the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and two other Founder-appointed and elected Officers and Trustees as its fiduciaries, with no other entity, office, or person, legal or natural, as its director, trustee, or equivalent fiduciary.

Officers and Trustees

The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts has the following persons as its duly appointed and elected fiduciaries and officers, constituting the Board of Trustees:

President, CEO, Chair
the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, as President, CEO and Chair.
Treasurer, CFO
Ijeoma Chinwe Ikoku as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer.
Secretary, CGO
Chinyere Ukeagumo Ikoku Jr as Secretary and Chief Governance Officer.
Trustee Duties
with the aforementioned serving as ex-officio members of the Board of Trustees, tasked with, among several primary duties, holding, managing, and receiving donated assets, funds, and other properties for The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Foundation and The Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku Foundation, and upon their needs, requests, or requirements, transferring budgeted portions of these funds to The Ikoku Foundations for their operations and support.

Partnerships and Affiliations

Announcements of any affiliations, partnerships, sponsorships, and equivalent with The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts will be provided upon agreements executed by the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, solely via this Founder’s express written instrument signed and sealed.

Public Records and Standing

The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts is a private and nonpublic organization, with minimal disclosure requirements. Appropriately limited public record confirmation of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts’s formation, governance, and status is available via minimally required disclosure of filing with the appropriate government entities, namely:

California Secretary of State
at the California Secretary of State Business Search, accessible via this link, and typing under Entity Name: “The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts,” then viewing history for past and current filings.
California Registry of Charities
at the California State Registry of Charities Verification, accessible via this link, and typing under Organization Name: “The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts,” then viewing history for past and current filings.
View from Below of Bridge Cables
Lekki Ikoyi Bridge, Lagos, Nigeria, February 2019 (Babatunde Olajide)

Governing Nature

Provision

The governance of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts is, as follows, in character, essence, and nature:

Confidential in Nature

The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts is formed to be and remain confidential and thus:

Confidential Existence
exists as a confidential organization entity.
Confidential Governance
is an entity of confidential administration, including governance, executed solely by the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and solely via the Founder’s authorization.
Governance Not Non-Confidentially
with no aspects of its administration, including governance, executed in any way non-confidentially — including via disclosure, exposure, investigation, publicity, regulation, transparency, vetting, or equivalent.
Organizational Confidentiality
with the above constituting basic conditions for the organizational confidentiality of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, as further provided for in the Codes and Policies.

Independent in Nature

The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts is formed to be and remain independent and thus:

Independent Existence
exists as an independent organization entity.
Independent Governance
is an entity of independent administration, including governance, executed solely by the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and solely via the Founder’s authorization.
Governance Not Non-Independently
with no aspects of its administration, including governance, executed in any way non-independently — including by any other entity, office, or person, or via bureaucracy, collectivism, conservatorship, custodianship, regulation, sponsorship, supervision, takeover, or equivalent.
Organizational Independence
with the above constituting basic conditions for the organizational independence of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, as further provided for in the Codes and Policies.

Intact in Nature

The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts is formed to be and remain internally intact and thus:

Intact Existence
exists as an internally intact organization entity.
Internally Intact Governance
is an entity of internally intact administration, including governance, executed solely by the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and solely via the Founder’s authorization.
Governance Not Non-Internally Intact
with no aspects of its administration, including governance, executed in any way that is not internally intact — including via unauthorized access or during efforts at communication, connection, exchange, networking, provisioning, sharing, testing, or equivalent.
Organizational Integrity
with the above constituting basic conditions for the organizational integrity of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, as further provided for in the Codes and Policies.

Private in Nature

The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts is formed to be and remain private and thus:

Private Existence
exists as a nonpublic and private organization entity.
Private Governance
is an entity of private administration, including governance, executed solely by the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and solely via the Founder’s authorization.
Governance Not Publicly
with no aspects of its administration, including governance, executed in any way publicly — including via access, exposure, or transparency or via attempts at control, decision-making, or ownership that are collectivist, communal, cooperative, governmental, socialist or equivalent in nature.
Organizational Privacy
with the above constituting basic conditions for the organizational privacy of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, as further provided for in the Codes and Policies.

Safe and Secure in Nature

The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts is formed to be and remain safe and secure and thus:

Safe, Secure Existence
exists as a safe and secure organization entity.
Safe, Secure Governance
is an entity of safe and secure administration, including governance, executed solely by the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and solely via the Founder’s authorization.
Governance Not Insecurely, Unsafely
with no aspects of its administration, including governance, executed in any way insecurely or unsafely — including via accident, attack, disruption, hinderance, interception, interference, intrusion, trespass, or equivalent.
Organizational Safety, Security
with the above constituting basic conditions for the organizational safety and security of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, as further provided for in the Codes and Policies.

Single and Unified in Nature

The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts is formed to be and remain single, central and unified and thus:

Single, Central, Unified Existence
exists as a single, central and unified organization entity.
Single, Central, Unified Governance
is an entity of single, central and unified administration, including governance, executed solely by the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and solely via the Founder’s authorization.
Governance Not Decentrally, Plurally
with no aspects of its administration, including governance, executed in any way decentrally or plurally — including via decentralization, duplication, federation, franchise, license, multiplication, pluralism, plurality, pluralization, redundancy, or equivalent.
Organizational Unity
with the above constituting basic conditions for the organizational unity of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, as further provided for in the Codes and Policies.

Sole Administration and Management

The Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, is the only person empowered with:

Sole Administration, Management Powers
any and all executive administration and management powers with respect to The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, including executive powers of control, development, finance, governance, operation, oversight, regulation, supervision, and equivalent of and over The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts.
Entailing Fiduciary
and including, especially, any and all executive fiduciary powers in any way pertaining to The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts.
Entailing Property
and including, especially, any and all executive administration and management powers in any way pertaining to any assets, estates, finances, funds, monies, real or intellectual properties, resources, or equivalent.
Sole Manner of Administration, Management
with such executive administration and management proceeding solely by act of the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and solely via the Founder’s authorization.
No Alternative, Delegation
with such executive administration and management not allowed to have any alternative — be it another act, activity, agent, arrangement, or equivalent — to the aforementioned sole executive administrator and manager and sole manner of executive administration and management, and with such executive administration and management also not allowed to be delegated to or otherwise assumed by any other entity, office, or person.

Sole Authorizer and Authorization

The Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, is the only person empowered with:

Sole Authorization, Executive Powers
any and all authorization and executive powers with respect to The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, including powers to authorize The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts to engage in, enter into, expend for, or otherwise execute any acts, activities, agents, arrangements, or equivalent.
Entailing Governance
and including, especially, any and all authorization and executive powers in any way pertaining to any aspects of the administration, including governance, of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts.
Entailing Property
and including, especially, any and all authorization and executive powers in any way pertaining to any assets, estates, finances, funds, monies, real or intellectual properties, resources, or equivalent.
Sole Manner of Authorization
with such authorization proceeding solely by act of the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and solely via the Founder’s authorization.
No Alternative, Delegation
with such authorization not allowed to have any alternative — be it another act, activity, agent, arrangement, or equivalent — to the aforementioned sole authorizer and executive and sole manner of authorization, and with such authorization also not allowed to be delegated to or otherwise assumed by any other entity, office, or person.

Sole Books- and Records-Keeping

The Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, is the only person executively empowered with:

Sole Books, Records Powers
any and all books- and records-making and keeping powers with respect to The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, including powers to have The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts add, correct, create, disclose, edit, hold, officialize, redact, reproduce, revise, safeguard, seal, sign, stamp, update, and otherwise maintain any accounts, agreements, books, communications, contracts, correspondence, documents, dossiers, files, forms, ledgers, instruments, minutes, notifications, notices, proceedings, records, reports, or equivalent.
Entailing Governance
and including, especially, any and all books- and records-making and keeping powers in any way pertaining to any aspects of the administration, including governance, of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts.
Entailing Property
and including, especially, any and all books- and records-making and keeping powers in any way pertaining to any assets, estates, finances, funds, monies, real or intellectual properties, resources, or equivalent.
Sole Manner of Books, Records
with such books- and records-making and keeping proceeding solely by act of the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and solely via the Founder’s authorization.
No Alternative, Delegation
with such books- and records-making and keeping not allowed to have any alternative — be it another act, activity, agent, arrangement, or equivalent — to the aforementioned sole books- and records-maker and keeper and sole manner of books- and records-making and keeping, and with such books- and records-making and keeping also not allowed to be delegated to or otherwise assumed by any other entity, office, or person.

Sole Decision-Making and Voting

The Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and the Board of Trustees are the only persons empowered with:

Sole Deciding, Voting Powers
any and all decision-making and voting powers with respect to The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, including powers to have The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts make and execute any decisions, votes, or equivalent.
Entailing Governance
and including, especially, any and all decision-making and voting powers in any way pertaining to any aspects of the administration, including governance, of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts.
Entailing Property
and including, especially, any and all decision-making and voting powers in any way pertaining to any assets, estates, finances, funds, monies, real or intellectual properties, resources, or equivalent.
Sole Manner of Deciding, Voting
with such decision-making and voting proceeding solely by act of the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and the Board of Trustees, and executed solely via the Founder’s authorization.
No Alternative, Delegation
with such decision-making and voting not allowed to have any alternative — be it another act, activity, agent, arrangement, or equivalent — to the aforementioned sole decision-makers and voters and sole manner of decision-making and voting, and with such decision-making and voting also not allowed to be delegated to or otherwise assumed by any other entity, office, or person.

Sole Employment and Appointment

The Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, is the only person executively empowered with:

Employment, Appointment Powers
any and all employment and appointment powers with respect to The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, including powers to have The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts apprentice, assign, contract, elect, hire, outsource, or otherwise engage any agents, entities, offices, parties, persons, or equivalent.
Entailing Governance
and including, especially, any and all employment and appointment powers in any way pertaining to any aspects of the administration, including governance, of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts.
Entailing Property
and including, especially, any and all employment and appointment powers in any way pertaining to any assets, estates, finances, funds, monies, real or intellectual properties, resources, or equivalent.
Sole Manner of Employment, Appointment
with such employment and appointment proceeding solely by act of the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and solely via the Founder’s authorization.
No Alternative, Delegation
with such employment and appointment not allowed to have any alternative — be it another act, activity, agent, arrangement, or equivalent — to the aforementioned sole employer and appointer and sole manner of employment and appointment, and with such employment and appointment also not allowed to be delegated to or otherwise assumed by any other entity, office, or person.

Sole Finances and Funding

The Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, is the only person executively empowered with:

Financial and Funding Powers
any and all financial and funding powers with respect to The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, including powers to have The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts engage in, enter into, expend for, or otherwise execute any financial acts, activities, arrangements, or equivalent, including those relating to accounts, bonds, budgets, debts, disbursements, distributions, fees, fines, grants, investments, liens, loans, payments, purchases, sales, scholarships, taxes, transactions, wages, or equivalent.
Entailing Governance
and including, especially, any and all financial and funding powers in any way pertaining to any aspects of the administration, including governance, of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts.
Entailing Property
and including, especially, any and all financial and funding powers in any way pertaining to any assets, estates, finances, funds, monies, real or intellectual properties, resources, or equivalent.
Sole Manner of Finances, Funding
with such finances and funding proceeding solely by act of the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and solely via the Founder’s authorization.
No Alternative, Delegation
with such finances and funding not allowed to have any alternative — be it another act, activity, agent, arrangement, or equivalent — to the aforementioned sole finance authorizer and funder and sole manner of finances and funding, and with such finances and funding also not allowed to be delegated to or otherwise assumed by any other entity, office, or person.

Sole Policies- and Rules-Making

The Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, is the only person executively empowered with:

Policies- and Rules-Making Powers
any and all policies- and rules-making and compliance powers with respect to The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, including powers to have The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts adopt, alter, amend, apply, enforce, interpret, remedy, revise, substitute, or otherwise ensure adherence to any code, guideline, law, policy, recommendation, regulation, rule, or equivalent.
Entailing Governance
and including, especially, any and all policies- and rules-making and compliance powers in any way pertaining to any aspects of the administration, including governance, of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts.
Entailing Property
and including, especially, any and all policies- and rules-making and compliance powers in any way pertaining to any assets, estates, finances, funds, monies, real or intellectual properties, resources, or equivalent.
Sole Manner of Policies-, Rules-Making
with such policies- and rules-making and compliance proceeding solely by act of the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and solely via the Founder’s authorization.
No Alternative, Delegation
with such policies- and rules-making and compliance not allowed to have any alternative — be it another act, activity, agent, arrangement, or equivalent — to the aforementioned sole policies- and rules-maker and compliance adjudicator and sole manner of policies- and rules-making and compliance, and with such policies- and rules-making and compliance also not allowed to be delegated to or otherwise assumed by any other entity, office, or person.

Sole Powers of Determination

As such, the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, is the only person with the authority and powers to adjudicate and determine — without appeal or liability — whether a given act, activity, agent, arrangement, or equivalent is:

Compatible or Not
compatible or incompatible with The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts itself, as well as its founding, governance, and overall administration, with the objective to render the issue under review clearly rather than arguably compatible.
Compliant or Not
complaint or non-compliant with the Codes and Policies of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, as well as applicable law and regulation, with the objective to render the issue under review clearly rather than arguably compliant, law-abiding and policy-abiding.
Confidential, Private or Not
in accordance with or infringing the policies, principles, and protections for confidentiality and privacy, as provided for in the Codes and Policies, with the objective to render the issue under review clearly rather than arguably confidential and private.
Consented or Not
in accordance with or infringing the policies, principles, and protections for consent, as provided for in the Codes and Policies, with the objective to render the issue under review clearly rather than arguably consented.
Ethical or Not
in accordance with or infringing the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, with the objective to render the issue under review clearly rather than arguably ethical.
Faith-Aligned or Not
in alignment or non-alignment with the faith-based commitments of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, with the objective to render the issue under review clearly rather than arguably faith-aligned.
Mission-Aligned or Not
in alignment or non-alignment with the mission and purposes of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, with the objective to render the issue under review clearly rather than arguably mission-aligned.
Protective, Safe, Secure or Not
in accordance with or infringing the policies, principles, and protections for independence, integrity, safety, and security, as provided for in the Codes and Policies, with the objective to render the issue under review clearly rather than arguably protective, safe and secure.

with No Removal or Reduction

And furthermore, there is and will be no manner, means, or possibility of removal or replacement of the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, nor any delegation or diminishment of any of his aforementioned powers, in any way, under any circumstances, for any period, or for any benefit, end, goal, interest, mission, need, objective, purpose, or reason.

Conditions and Terms

All of the above and aforementioned in this section constitutes the Conditions and Terms of Governance of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts (the “Conditions and Terms of Governance”) and forms an integral part of the Conditions and Terms of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, the Codes and Policies of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, as well as The Ikoku Charitable Trusts Conduct and Service Agreement you may enter into with The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts.

Actor in Macbeth Costume
Macbeth, Undated (New York Public Library)
Schoolgirl in Uniform at Doorway Looking Above
In Uniform, Liberia, March 2019 (Adrianna Van Groningen)
Girl Kneeling in Busy Street
Tibetan Girl, 2017 (Journey Yang)

Governing Policies

Provision

The governance of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts is, in important part, conducted via the Codes and Policies below:

Ikoku Charitable Trusts Agreement

The Ikoku Charitable Trusts Conduct and Service Agreement, which

Collectively Governing
consists of several Codes and Policies that collectively govern all conduct and service in any way relating to The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts.
Collectively Including
collectively include the Basic Policies — the Conditions and Terms of Founding, the Conditions and Terms of Governance, the Conditions and Terms of Conduct and Service, the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics, the Acceptable Use Policy — as well as all other codes and policies, associated as the Correlative Policies.
Available Below
are made available further below.

Conditions of Founding

Conditions and Terms of Founding of The Ikoku Charitable Trusts (HTML)

Conditions of Governance

Conditions and Terms of Governance of The Ikoku Charitable Trusts (HTML)

Conditions of Service

Conditions and Terms of Conduct and Service (HTML)

Founding Ethics

Founding and Governing Code of Ethics (HTML)

Acceptable Use

Acceptable Use Policy (HTML)

All Policies

All Policies (HTML)

Concluding

And as a concluding aviso and proviso, you are informed as well as reminded that by commencing or continuing any conduct or service relating to The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts — in any way, either directly or indirectly, and via any manner, means, method, or mode — you enter into The Ikoku Charitable Trusts Conduct and Service Agreement and agree to abide by and be legally bound by the Policy conditions, principles, protections, and terms described above, and the Codes and Policies, in their entirety without modification or severability, as amended from time to time solely by the Founder.

Woman Bending Down to Tend Crops
Sierra Leone, 2017 (Annie Spratt)
Child in Costume Looking at Camera
Niño, Cusco, Peru, 2018 (Ben Ostrower)
Woman Seated on Mat on Floor, Holding Fan
Seated, Kpone Katamanso District Assembly Office, Tema, Ghana, 2017 (Nathaniel Tetteh)
People Holding Peace Banner and Respect Sign
Women's March, Boston, USA, 2017, (Alice Donovan Rouse)

Also at The Trusts

As stated earlier, The Ikoku Charitable Trusts is dedicated to fostering philanthropy and good works concerning Africa, its global diasporas and a range of shared societies — toward the betterment of lives across the globe. And so in accordance with the above, The Trusts provides the following:

I.

A Nonprofit Dedicated to Africa

An independent, private, non-profit organization that serves the public interest in Africa and its global diasporas — by advancing education and research and by also supporting creative ideas, civic endeavors and emerging communities, organizations and societies.

II.

Support for a Global and Just Future

A founding mission and ongoing emphases of support for good works that help the public understand Africa’s essential place in a global future, one that is to be more knowledgeable, environmentally sustainable, equitable and of benefit across communities in just societies.

III.

A Vision of the Public Good

A vision of the public good that accounts for the past while ensuring a just and shared future. That draws inspiration from peoples who, despite a history of systemic difficulties, maintain an unyielding belief that the betterment of their human condition will foster the betterment of those living around them and will enhance the present and futures of the regularly disenfranchised, marginalized and underserved.

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